FIRST AMENDMENT MAN
Andrew Sullivan, openly gay blogger and former editor of The New Republic, believes the gay rights movement and LGBT activists have become just as “fanatical” as the religious right.
He’s also pissed that a grassroots campaign managed to oust homophobic Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich this week — we violated his First Amendment rights, you guys.
As if writing a page for a Brandon Ambrosino fantasy novel, Sullivan published his thoughts at The Dish yesterday, lambasting LGBT activists for orchestrating Eich’s ousting:
Will he now be forced to walk through the streets in shame? Why not the stocks? The whole episode disgusts me – as it should disgust anyone interested in a tolerant and diverse society. If this is the gay rights movement today – hounding our opponents with a fanaticism more like the religious right than anyone else – then count me out. If we are about intimidating the free speech of others, we are no better than the anti-gay bullies who came before us.
It’s useful to note that Eich wasn’t technically ousted or fired as the nonprofit corporation’s CEO. After his recent appointment, it came to light that he had donated funds in favor of passing California’s Prop 8 years ago, and rightfully stepped down after feeling pressure from activists and other major corporations alike.
In another blog post that followed, First Amendment crusader Sullivan says “parts of the gay movement” are obviously ugly and intolerant — Eich “was a victim”!
So stop being such mean bullies, you guys. You’re hurting the homophobe’s feelings :(
I don’t agree with Sullivan on any of this except for a little bit on the notion of bullying. I don’t think we bullied Eich per se, but I did wonder why people went ape shit over this when Google’s execs have been donating to and lobbying the right wing for years. Google’s execs have even given money to the gay marriage hating Heritage Foundation. http://www.prwatch.org/news/2013/11/12319/google-funding-grover-norquist-heritage-action-alec-and-more
I saw tons of folks posting on FB that they were switching from Firefox to Chrome, and when I pointed out that Google’s head folks are just as bad, everyone gave Google a pass. I just think we need to be consistent.
All the other comments properly eviscerate the internalized homophobia and pro-homophobe Stockholm Syndrome of House Gay #1 Andrew Sullivan so I’ll just add this:
Andrew Sullivan is full of crap.